Funded by $10,000 awarded by the City of Scotts Valley to cover material costs, the project will convert an undeveloped piece of unused land into a 6,000-square-foot garden area for community members to plant flowers, and produce.
Volunteers from local service organizations — including the Kiwanis of the Valleys, the UCSC chapter of Circle K, the Key Clubs from San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley high schools, Surf City Kiwanis, Scotts Valley Host Lions Club, Valley Churches United Missions, Boy Scout Troop 623, and Cub Scout Pack 623 — lent their time and efforts.
According to Scotts Valley Vice Mayor Dene Bustichi, who was directing the work, the volunteers dug trenches, laid the irrigation systems, installed fences, and removed a section of curb where the wheelchair ramp will be installed.
“We had between 30 and 40 people here working on this,” he said. “All kinds of people were calling in about it.”
Once completed, Bustichi said that the garden will be operated by the city's parks and recreation department and will provide several dozen planting areas that residents can use for planting — something he said he believes will be popular for the residents of the surrounding apartments and townhouses.
“This gives folks — kids, seniors, anyone — the ability to come and garden,” Bustichi said.
The garden will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, he said, and will boast paved pathways, as well as several raised garden plots and water spigots that will be accessible to those who have difficulties reaching the ground.
Bustichi said that the city had been planning for the community garden for several months prior to Marcum's passing in January, but that naming the garden in her honor felt very appropriate.
Bustichi said that there was still much work to be done, and that there would be several additional volunteer days.
“We'll be working for the next several Saturdays,” he said, adding that he hoped that the project would be ready to open by early May.